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Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/5/22  11:25 pm
Commenter: Colin Doniger

Huge improvement, but needs to leave less room for SB interpretation

Overall this is a much needed improvement from the current lack of transparency in our schools.  The primary issue I see with it is that it allows schools administrations to interpret which materials fall within the 2.2-2827 guidelines for sexually explicit.  For example, what the LCPS administration considers to be sexual conduct or lewd may be far more extreme than what I as a parent consider to fall in this category.  The schools should have to notify parents of all materials that reference anything sexual, involving sexual body parts, sexual orientation, etc.  The parents should then be able to make the determination of whether that material falls under the VA code definition of sexually explicit, and if the school has permission to expose their children to it.

I've seen the materials that the LCPS Board has allowed in school libraries, and quite frankly I don't trust them to make a rational determination of what my kids should be exposed to at school which I will say is none of it - zero, nothing.  The LCPS administration ordered these controversial books in the first place, so I trust them even less than the school board to interpret the VA Code.  As a parent, I should be able to determine what is sexually explicit when it comes to school exposure for my children.  I choose to preserve their innocence, and to not have them exposed to or talked to about anything sexual in school whatsoever.  When they come across these questions I will be here to answer them, but LCPS does not need to fast forward that process or involve itself in it in any way, and has a proven track record that they cannot be trusted to decide what is sexually explicit.  


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